Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) Licensure Requirements

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Health Standards Section issues Ambulatory Surgical Center licenses. Once a license has been issued it shall be valid until its expiration date, unless otherwise revoked, suspended, or terminated. 

Initial License Application Required Documentation:
Louisiana has a licensing law for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) (La. R.S. 40:2131-2141) for those facilities requesting to be licensed as such.  The law specifically excludes hospitals, nursing homes, abortion clinics and any facilities used for or relating to abortion procedures.

Licensing application process:

  1. License Application Checklist  and Licensing Application Addendum for ASCAs of September 16, 2016, the Licensing Application Addendum form must be completed and turned in with the  License Application Checklist to complete processing.
  2. A licensing application form approved by Health Standards Section must be completed.
  3. Applicable licensing fees ($600). (There has been a change in the Payment Procedure please follow the link for instructions.) This fee is not refundable in the event the facility fails to meet the licensing requirements and HSS determines that a license could not be issued.
  4. Letter of Intent must accompany each licensing application describing the DBA name of the facility to be licensed, the geographical address of the ASC requesting to be licensed, the anticipated date of completion of the ASC or the anticipated date by which the facility would be ready for licensing, and the types of surgical specialties to be provided in the ASC.
  5. Architectural plan approval letter from
  6. Plan Review Small floor plan sketch to identify all areas of the ASC as to its use.
  7. Office of State Fire Marshal certificate for occupancy
  8. Office of Public Health to request recommendation for licensure from sanitarian services (225) 342-8954.
  9. Notification to Health Standards Section  that application has been filed with the La. Board of Pharmacy for the ASC’s Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) license.

NEW: ASC Online Applications/Payments Portal

An on-site announced licensing survey will only be scheduled and conducted by HSS after completion of Items 1-9.